The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has appointed ARCHIRODON to design and build a 1.2km iconic bridge, which is part of the 3.3km crossing to its main hub island, Shurayrah.
TRSDC CEO John Pagano said that ARCHIRODON, a leading EPC global Group, will provide engineering, procurement and construction support to complete the building of Shurayrah bridge.
The bridge will stretch a total of 1.2km across the Red Sea, with two small 36-meter sections at each end of the crossing to allow for movement of marine mammals.
He said Shurayrah Bridge will become one of the main access points for guests onto the island, and its completion will mark a major undertaking in the development of the destination.
Its construction is truly monumental as not only will the bridge be the very first connection to the islands, its construction will demonstrate our ability to accomplish huge feats of engineering whilst also protecting and enhancing the natural habitat, he added, according to a statement.
He stressed that the bridge design and construction methods meet TRSDC’s strict criteria for sustainable development, which includes strict controls on the prevention of any sediment movement from piling activities with multiple monitoring buoys strategically sited to alert any breakthrough from surface booms.
A precast yard for bridge sections will be established near the coast to minimize travel distances with concrete sourced from on-site batching plants. The contract follows major marine enabling works carried out by the company across the development last year, which have helped underpin the successful delivery of the project by providing a solid foundation to ensure the efficient movement of people, materials and equipment in and around the destination, while safeguarding the sensitive ecological environment.
ARCHIRODON Group CEO Dennis Karapiperis said the firm was proud of being part of this prestigious development for Shurayrah Bridge with the TRSDC.
The move will not only make this unique island destination accessible for visitors, but also have sustainable techniques embedded within every element of its design to ensure the delicate ecological environment is protected and even enhanced, he stressed.